MaSS: A Large and Clean Multilingual Corpus of Sentence-aligned Spoken Utterances Extracted from the Bible

Marcely Zanon Boito, William Havard, Mahault Garnerin, Eric Le Ferrand, Besacier Laurent

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Abstract

The CMU Wilderness Multilingual Speech Dataset (Black, 2019) is a newly published multilingual speech dataset based on recorded readings of the New Testament. It provides data to build Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Text-to-Speech (TTS) models for potentially 700 languages. However, the fact that the source content (the Bible) is the same for all the languages is not exploited to date.Therefore, this article proposes to add multilingual links between speech segments in different languages, and shares a large and clean dataset of 8,130 parallel spoken utterances across 8 languages (56 language pairs). We name this corpus MaSS (Multilingual corpus of Sentence-aligned Spoken utterances). The covered languages (Basque, English, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian and Spanish) allow researches on speech-to-speech alignment as well as on translation for typologically different language pairs. The quality of the final corpus is attested by human evaluation performed on a corpus subset (100 utterances, 8 language pairs). Lastly, we showcase the usefulness of the final product on a bilingual speech retrieval task.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
EditorsNicoletta Calzolari, Frédéric Béchet, Philippe Blache, Khalid Choukri, Christopher Cieri, Thierry Declerck, Sara Goggi, Hitoshi Isahara, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Hélène Mazo, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Pages6486-6493
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference: LREC - Marseille, France
Duration: 11 May 202016 May 2020
Conference number: 12th
https://lrec2020.lrec-conf.org/en/

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Conference12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
CountryFrance
CityMarseille
Period11/05/2016/05/20
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    Boito, M. Z., Havard, W., Garnerin, M., Le Ferrand, E., & Laurent, B. (2020). MaSS: A Large and Clean Multilingual Corpus of Sentence-aligned Spoken Utterances Extracted from the Bible. In N. Calzolari, F. Béchet, P. Blache, K. Choukri, C. Cieri, T. Declerck, S. Goggi, H. Isahara, B. Maegaard, J. Mariani, H. Mazo, A. Moreno, J. Odijk, & S. Piperidis (Eds.), Proceedings of The 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (pp. 6486-6493). European Language Resources Association (ELRA).